What a new Supreme Court means for abortion

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  • Published on:  Friday, August 3, 2018
  • States can — and are — limiting access to abortion. In some parts of America, it is essentially unavailable.

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    Abortion has been a subject of debate for decades, and now, President Trump is poised to tip the balance of the Supreme Court into one that could reverse the historic decision that established a woman’s right to choose: Roe v. Wade.

    The case of Roe v. Wade is a frequently a stand-in when we talk about abortion rights, and Trump would be fulfilling a campaign promise by appointed judges that could, in theory, overturn the decision.

    But although the landmark 1973 ruling made abortion legal — in fact, a guaranteed constitutional right governed under the right to privacy — states have limited powers to regulate the practice. And they have been given more and more authority to add restrictions and regulations that limit that right to a smaller number of individuals.

    There are 1,193 state-level restrictions on abortion, and for some women, it has functionally made abortion inaccessible. And if the Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, some states already have laws that would automatically ban some or all abortion. But many American women already live as if that were the case.

    Read more of research and analysis on reproductive and sexual health by the Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/

    Read more about the NBC/WSJ poll showing that most Americans want Roe v. Wade to stand:

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  • Eiichiro Oda  (Aug 3, 2018)

    “Trump is right” is something I never thought Vox would say.

  • Jacob Walls  (Aug 12, 2018)

    Fuffzehn to whom are you addressing your comment?

  • Fuffzehn  (Aug 12, 2018)

    I would like to see a few examples of that. Could you please enlighten me.

  • Salokin  (Aug 3, 2018)

    "Owning the libs" by destroying human rights is a serious argument on the rightThis country man

  • Imperial123  (Jan 26, 2019)

    Notice how all pro choicers have already been born.

  • Hunter Kennemer  (Jan 26, 2019)

    It is not your human right to barbarically execute another human.

  • What Ever  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Abortion is a difficult topic for me...On one hand, I support it because it kills children, on the other, I don't because it gives woman a choice

  • BIG BOSS  (Jan 27, 2019)

    What's with the choice of the unborn, would you want to be made non-existent?

  • Michael  (Jan 6, 2019)

    +BindingFlare you could leave it up for adoption or give it to someone you know who can raise then child. Killing it isn't the answer.

  • yoyotunes54  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Do people not know what happened when abortion was illegal? Women were getting black market abortions and we're getting infections and dying. Since many women were dying they had to make abortion legal and safe. So if you really think that abortion is killing a person then making it illegal ends up killing two people at the same time. It has nothing to do with Republican or Democrat it's common sense people we've already made it a illegal at one point and look what happend.

  • Maria McHale  (Feb 1, 2019)

    +Joshua Hudgins its not a child

  • Maria  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Growing up in europe, it seems unbeliavable to me that some ppl are against abortion like how?

  • LIL SEAWEED  (Jan 27, 2019)

    baby murder

  • LIL SEAWEED  (Dec 7, 2018)

    yourr killing a child

  • LaFlairdom  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Don't worry. Abortions will never be over. Rich people will be able to get abortions and hush hush. It's an attack on the poor.

  • Volmire1  (Sep 9, 2018)

    *Don't worry. [Murder] will never be over. Rich people will be able to [hire hitmen] and hush hush. It's an attack on the poor.*Fixed the OP for you. Man, you sure have convinced me.

  • Captain Caterpillar  (Aug 11, 2018)

    LaFlairdom - Why does this seem so true?

  • Nick C  (Aug 3, 2018)

    All sovereign rights stem from the right to control one’s own body. Without that, freedom cannot be claimed to exist.

  • Imperial123  (Jan 26, 2019)

    Actually all rights stem from the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion denies the child the right to life, to liberty because they dont choose to get aborted or get due process, and the pursuit of happiness because that is impossible if they are dead. The child is not the mother, it has it's own heart and fingerprints and genes.

  • Rosaza  (Aug 23, 2018)

    Exactly. The baby has all those rights to. Especially the RIGHT TO LIFE.

  • Radioactive Panda  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Yes, let’s force women to raise and care for a baby they clearly don’t want. /sarcasm

  • Beebo 2  (Feb 6, 2019)

    Last Guy Minn Yeah there will, they are many more parents wanting to adopt infants then infants currently in the system. And even if they weren’t, you can’t assume whether a complete stranger will like their life or not and decide to kill them based on that assumption.

  • Beebo 2  (Feb 6, 2019)

    Still better then letting them kill their kids.

  • Ernest Tsim  (Aug 3, 2018)

    Republicans are not pro-life. They are only pro-birth.Once the baby is born, they won't care if he/she died from illness due to the lack of access to healthcare, nor the parent not being able to afford bringing him/her up due to the low wage, nor the child growing up, go to school one day and got shot by guns.

  • Chris Carlson  (Jan 8, 2019)

    So poor lives are less valid than wealthy lives? I guess it's okay to start aborting all the africans, because they sure could lose some of their population!... obviously I'm being sarcastic. Just because someone is going to be poor doesnt invalidate their life, just for the convenience of the parents

  • Jon-Marc Harrison  (Nov 6, 2018)

    Omg! Talk about a comment full of rhetoric.....your comment makes me realize why I hate social media morons so much.

  • Cave Naga  (Aug 3, 2018)

    It's funny how pro-life people seem to think that when a child is born it just...grows up on it's own and doesn't require their parents to have time, money and emotional maturity to handle this new person

  • MA  (Sep 26, 2018)

    Lilith WinterRape is terrible - but please understand my pointI would agree your point if there was no other way to stop pregnancy within the month. But this is rare. If rape accrued, she can immediately stop this in hospital. This is not 1700!But I cannot accept abortion when its been long time ago, killing child, which has a heartbeat!Let alone abortion that are not for rape!

  • Lilith Winter  (Sep 24, 2018)

    +MA Sometimes it is mentally damaging to carry a rape baby in you for 9 months. You mean to tell me because she was unlucky enough to get raped she now has to be forced to have a kid she doesn't want. Some rape victims become so depressed they end their lives, so I. Some cases they might be too mentally unstable to deal with pregnancy. You are also saying that the baby has more right to the victims body than she does. Why does she have to be turned into a human incubator just because she was unfortuna...